Monday, August 4, 2014

2014 World Championship Celebration!


WTSDA celebrated its 15th World Championship this past July 18-20 in Greensboro, North Carolina.
Our own high-flying TSDKI competition team joined up with over 1500 competitors, thousands more WTSDA family members, and many masters for an amazing three day experience at the Greensboro Coliseum Complex. As you might imagine international competition was spirited and fierce. This biannual event welcomed teams from Europe, Great Britain, the Caribbean, Central America,  South America,  Africa, Mexico, and across the USA. All bringing their best skills and character for a shot at gold and glory. Proudly our 10 Member TSDKI team took away several top honors and created many new friendships.  The medal count included 7 Gold, 2 Silver, 8 Bronze in forms, weapons and sparring. Congratulations!   Our team also enjoyed a visit and tour of the WTSDA World Headquarters in Burlington, N.C.. There they attended an emotional dedication ceremony at the recently completed Meditation Garden where WTSDA founder, the late Grandmaster J.C. Shin is now laid to rest. 

Now it's back to school and time to get back to training. Looking forward to seeing YOU back in class. New students, family and friends are always welcomed to participate in our free trial classes.
Tang Soo!

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Thursday, October 17, 2013


2-for-1 Enrollment Special or 50% Off

For a limited time only

Come Join Us as we celebrate our 36th year Anniversary with this spectacular offer. We are offering a
                  2-for-1 Enrollment Special
 Take advantage now of this very limited time promotion.   
 Learn the powerful benefits of martial arts training.
Reinforce the power of Self-Discipline
Develope an Attitude of Excellence
Refine Coordination
 Learn Safety Awareness & anti-bullying strategies 
Fun, Fun exercise  ...a healthy body makes a healthy mind.
 World Certified Instruction 
Master Larry Dercole    Master Leslie D'Ercole
Martial Arts are for Everyone 
Tang Soo Do Karate Institute 2260 Main St. #9 Chula Vista, CA. 619/429-9122

Saturday, April 21, 2012


Share with family and friends this very special and limited time offer. Tang Soo!!

Friday, April 13, 2012


Congratulations to Tang Soo Do Karate Institute's newly promoted Master Leslie Salinas D'Ercole. She, along with seven other 4th DAN Instructors, was presented the coveted 4th DAN Masters rank at the recent WTSDA Masters Clinic held at the University of Northern Alabama in Florence, Al., USA. Her achievement is the result that spans more than 21 years of training in the martial arts throughout her native country of Chile and the United States.

A demanding and no nonsense training attitude had gained Master Leslie numerous competition trophies and grand championship titles through the years. To attain an invitation to the WTSDA Masters Clinic one must be selected by legendary Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, president of the
World Tang Soo Do Association. Only Third Degree Black Belts with high achievements and impeccable training record requirements are invited as master candidates. The annual Masters Clinic is typically attended by more than one hundred ranking masters and candidates from around the world. Her intensity during her first year attending the clinic in 2009, had actually won her the admirable recognition of the "Masters Sprit Award". After several years of the master's training process she was officially presented and ceremonially knighted as 4th DAN Master.

Master Leslie's strict approach to training also extends to her teaching and has influenced her many students. As a result during her eleven years living in the United States, many more females have been encouraged to train in the martial arts. Master Leslie is an extraordinary martial artist and a true example that hard work, passion and dedication achieves excellence. We salute your accomplishment. Tang Soo!!

Master Larry D'Ercole

Friday, February 10, 2012

Little Dragons Rock!

Great progress and spirit demonstrated by our youngest Tang Soo Do Warriors yesterday!! Congratulations on your new rank promotions everyone...Tang Soo!!

Tuesday, January 31, 2012


Greetings TSDKI members, family & friends:

We hope everyone is off to a great start for 2012 and fulfilled with the good fortune, power and pasion of the Dragon. It is now the time to pursue your goals and dreams which lay ahead. And yes, January is already gone so please be advised and save the dates for the first 10 scheduled school activities of the year!!

1. Saturday, Feb. 4th Our monthly Regional Black Belt Class starts at 1:00pm. This will be our 2nd Annual 100 Hyungs Challenge. All DAN members and Cho DAN Bo are to attend.
Ocean Air Recreation Center 4770 Fairport Way San Diego, CA. 93130.
Driving Directions: From the 5 or the 805: exit LOCAL BYPASS, Carmel Mountain Road go East, 3rd light, go right (Carmel Mountain Road), Left at E. Ocean Air. If you wish to follow or carpool. We will leave from the studio at 12:10pm.

2. Saturday February 4th Adult Class will be held at 8:00am. There will be no 12:15pm adult class due to the scheduled Regional Black Belt Class.

3. Thursday February 8th Tiny Tiger/Little Dragon Testing 4:45pm. Eligible students will be notified by their instructor.

4. Saturday, February 11th
Gup Testing 2:00pm. Eligible students will be notified by their instructor.

5. SUNDAY February 26th
Family & Friends BIKE HIKE on San Diego's BAYSHORE BIKEWAY!!
All students, families and friends are invited to join us for a fun, scenic, and easy bike hike along one of San Diego's beautiful bike paths. Check your equipment, inflate your tires, pack a snack, and meet at the starting point (TSDKI Studio) on Sunday, February 26th. This trail is a great place for a slow, scenic ride, or a fast training ride. The trail is very safe and has a clean surface, plus there are great views. Trail users can use restrooms and lunch tables at Silver Strand State Park which has direct access to the trail.
- 11:30am Begin at the TSDKI Studio
- Enter bike path via Otay Valley Regional Park entrance located two blocks south of Main Street on Hollister St.
- Travel along Bayshore Bikeway to Silver Strand State Park Beach (access beach through tunnel)
- Refreshment and special training activity is scheduled at the beach.
- Return to studio.

6. March 22-25. The 23rd WTSDA Annual MASTERS' CLINIC

7. April 13-15 Fri-Sun Region 20 Clinic for Red, Blue, and Black Belts at YMCA Camp Marston (near Julian, CA).See Information posted at the studio.

8. Saturday, May 5th Regional DAN testing San Diego.

9. May 19th 10th Battle Of LA Championship (Open Tang Soo Do Championship). Los Angeles. Details forthcoming.

10. XIV World Championship July 20-22 - Greensboro, North Carolina. Invitation and Application are attached. The 2012 World Championship promises to be our organizations' largest and most important event yet. Thousands from across the globe will attend to be part this prestigious event marked by our WTSDA's 30th anniversary as well as the long anticipated grand opening of our new world headquarters in nearby Burlington, North Carolina. In addition to the international competition, a world-class picnic is planned for Sunday after the event on site at the new headquarters. The WTSDA world championships are held every two years and are clearly a unique experience in celebration and competition. We do have information on group travel rates and we are compiling a list of families interested in attending. If you are interested please add your name to the World Championship signup list at the studio. You won't want to miss it!!

See you in class!
Masters Larry & Leslie D'Ercole

Wednesday, June 22, 2011

Region Twenty Championship 2011

To World Tang Soo Do Students, Instructors and Families:

On behalf of the WTSDA Region Twenty Black Belt community it is our pleasure to invite you to the 2011 Region Twenty Championship hosted by Tang Soo Do Karate Institute. We encourage all students to participate and celebrate in this, our regions main event of the year. This is a family event with competition for all levels, Black Belt demonstrations, cultural presentations, as well as Black Belt and Masters rank promotions. We have also added an exciting (jumping front kick) category. Join us for an extraordinary day of achievement, camaraderie, education and FUN!. For those new to martial arts, participation is especially recommended.

We are privileged to welcome Grandmaster Jae C. Shin, Founder and President of the World Tang Soo Do Association. We also wish to extend a hearty welcome to the following participating studios; Tang Soo Do Karate Institute-Chula Vista, CA., United States Karate Academy-San Diego, CA., Allied Gardens Tang Soo Do Academy-San Diego, CA., Ryun Ma Tang Soo Do-Chihuahua, Chih, Mex., Mountain Lion Tang Soo Do Costa Mesa, CA., Caltech Tang Soo Do-Pasadena, CA. , Coastal Canyon Tang Soo Do-San Diego, CA., M.A.S. Tang Soo Do-San Diego, CA. Garcia Tang Soo Do-Tijuana, B.C. Mex.., UCSD Tang Soo Do-La Jolla, CA., Pyung Ahn Tang Soo Do-San Luis R.C. Sonora Mex., Hermosillo Tang Soo Do-Hermosillo, Sonora, Mex., Padilla Tang Soo Do-Tijuana, B.C. Mex., Academia Valdez-Caborca, Sonora, Mex., Culiacan Tang Soo Do-Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mex....and others.

Pre-registration is required. Details and instructions can be downloaded at;

Come share your Tang Soo Do skill and spirit. We eagerly look forward to this special event and your participation.

Tang Soo!

Masters Larry and Leslie D’Ercole

What is the Region Twenty Championship all about ?

This is an exciting gathering of World Tang Soo Do, families, students and instructors within our geographical area. It is an all levels competition event and an opportunity to demonstrate your talents and interact with other members of our extended Tang Soo Do family.

Should I participate in the Region Twenty Championship ? Absolutely ! The Region Twenty Championship is designed for all students and levels to experience the competitive applications of their WTSDA martial art.

Where will the event be held ? Championship site is the Park Way Gym facility located near 4th and G Street.

385 Park Way Chula Vista, CA. 91910.

How can I prepare for this event? You may be prepared already. Our WTSDA schools are training with official WTSDA competition rules for free-sparring point system and the hyong (form) etiquette. Free-Sparring safety equipment is required for everyone's protection. All students are required to have safety equipment and is available through your studio.

What else should I know about the Region Twenty Championship ? In addition to the traditional Weapons, Forms and Free-Sparring competition, the championship will include a special Creativity Category and encourages each studio to present a brief Martial Arts exhibition. Other features include a special Regional Black Belt Show, an exciting Jumping Front Kick contest and cultural presentations. We are proud to receive as our special guest the honorable Grand Master Jae C. Shin, founder of World Tang Soo Do Association. Witness a moment of Region Twenty pride as the Grandmaster attends to the Black Belt and Masters promotion ceremonies.

Registering for the 2011 Region Twenty Championship

Registration before 7/15 ($50.00),

Registration between 7/16 - 8/15 $(60.00),

Registration between 8/16- 9/15 ($70.00).

Fill-out a Region Twenty Championship application and send with fees to:

Region Twenty Championship Office 2260 Main St. #9 Chula Vista, CA. 91911.

Make checks payable to WTSDA. Credit or Debit card also accepted (see registration application)

For Applications, Categories and Map visit

Spectator Tickets / Additional Tickets for friends or family There is one spectator ticket included with each competitor application. Please purchase additional tickets in advance at the studio or include with your registration fees. Spectator Tickets are $5.00, Children 12 years and under are Free.

Championship Souvenir T-Shirt Please pre-order when registering for competition. (see registration form).

Non competitors may pre-order souvenir T-shirts (use registration form).

Hotel accommodations The Comfort Inn & Suites 632 E St. Chula Vista, CA. 91910 is our official Championship Hotel. It is five minutes away from the championship site. We have negotiated a group rate $89.95 plus tax. Twin queen beds, Full hot breakfast included. Please mention World Tang Soo Do Association when making reservations to receive this special rate. Tel. 619/426-2500.

After Championship Event (location and details to be announced).

2011 Region Twenty Championship welcomes all WTSDA studios

Here are a few of our expected participating studios;

Tang Soo Do Karate Institute-Chula Vista, CA. United States Karate Academy-San Diego, CA.,

Allied Gardens Tang Soo Do Academy-San Diego, CA., Ryun Ma Tang Soo Do-Chihuahua, Chih, Mex., Mountain Lion Tang Soo Do Costa Mesa, CA., Caltech Tang Soo Do-Pasadena, CA. , Coastal Canyon Tang Soo Do-San Diego, CA., M.A.S. Tang Soo Do-San Diego, CA. Garcia Tang Soo Do-Tijuana, B.C. Mex.., UCSD Tang Soo Do-La Jolla, CA., Pyung Ahn Tang Soo Do-San Luis R.C. Sonora Mex., Hermosillo Tang Soo Do-Hermosillo, Sonora, Mex., Padilla Tang Soo Do-Tijuana, B.C. Mex., Academia Valdez-Caborca, Sonora, Mex., Culiacan Tang Soo Do-Culiacan, Sinaloa, Mex.

Schedule of Events

Friday, October 7th

5:00pm Black Belt testing at TSDKI 2260 Main St. 9 Chula Vista, CA. 91911.

6:00pm to 9:00pm Championship Set Up. Championship Site.

Saturday, October 11th:

7:00am Championship doors open.

7:30am Black Belt judges and score keepers meeting and ring assignment

7:45 Judges report to Ring

7:55am Weapons competitors report to rings

8:00am Weapons competition begins.

8:45am Black Belt Weapons and Forms Competition

9:30am Jumping Front Kick Competition

10:00am Opening Ceremonies Black Belt Show, Cultural Show, DAN Promotions

11:00am Tigers and Dragon Competition

11:15am Youth GUP Forms and Sparring Competition begins

12:30pm Creativity Competition

1:00pm Continued Gup Forms and Sparring Competition

2:30pm Black Belt Sparring Competition

3:45pm Championship CUP presentations and Closing Ceremonies

4:00pm Clean up

Want to Help?

Our World Tang Soo Do Association (WTSDA) and World Tang Soo Do Foundation (WTSDF) is a Health, Education and Humanitarian organization. Building Fund Brick donations ($40.00), Building Fund Pillar donations ($1000.00) or any amount are all tax deductible and may be honorably accepted with your registration or at the event. Be a Donar!

Region Twenty Scholarship Fund contributions (any amount) are also welcomed. Visit our booth at the event.

Thank you for your support.

Volunteers for many duties are needed. You may inform the championship committee via e-mail and you will be provide further information and details.

ONLINE & Contacts (download Information and Registration Forms)

Find us on Facebook events: 2011 WTSDA Region #20 Championship

Region 20 Director: Master Pat Marsch (858) 945-8921 e-

Event Director: Master Larry D’Ercole (619) 429-9122 e-

Asst. Directors: Master Leslie D’Ercole, BSBN Sig Luther, BSBN Barbara Bellini

Championship Office: Tang Soo Do Karate Institute 60 Main St. #9 Chula Vista, CA. 91911 Tel. 619/429-9122